Aldnoah.Zero 2nd ED 'aLIEz' Snapshots » the crows & the princess
I was trying to gif this scene when I noticed that the backgrounds for each of them were not the same. To sum up:
1) While Inaho had the silhouette of bird-like shadows (crows?), Slaine had 3 different silhouettes of the princess. This seemed to solidify that Slaine’s entire motivation is the princess. Inaho’s motivation, meanwhile, seemed still up in the air.
2) Even when they both had the same shadowy-shape behind them, the position is reversed; the one on Slaine’s left is the upturned version from the one on Inaho’s right.
3) Here they both had shadows covering half of their faces, followed by a splash of bright colored scenes, followed by another differing effects. there were several colors added to Inaho’s part, though it seemed mainly consist of orange/yellow/bright green, while Slaine only had one color (bright green) added to his part.
Then on the last two caps, it’s interesting to see different effects on the color of their faces. Inaho’s face got even brighter, while Slaine’s face got shadowed. Foreshadowing events, maybe? That while Inaho would get enlightened and walk on the right side, Slaine on the other hand, may fall into the dark path? Or rather, that shadow on Slaine’s face could also mean he finally lost his naivety, his trust in people, and ditched his kind self to embrace his other self, the one that allowed him to kill Trillram and shoot Saaz’s spy in the leg without even looking.
TL;DR: For two characters who are billed as the double protagonists, Inaho & Slaine have way too little interaction. It’s already 9 eps, and they haven’t even seen each other’s face! Considering how often they both got paired up in the promo materials, I’d feel so cheated if when they finally met face to face, it wasn’t in some epic scenario.
It’s the Earth flag (Inaho’s ending part), it’s shaped in the background and has a bird, it’s to make it dynamic.
I don’t think Slaine’s face got shadowed, it seemed pretty bright but grounded. Inaho’s bright face looked almost ghostly (dead end?).